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What A Night To Remember. First A Night With Letterman Then An Opulent Fundraiser With Jay-Z and Beyonce. But Obama Still Has No Time To Address The Middle East Uprising.

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Speaking to the 47%: The $105,000 champagne tower featured at Obama fundraiser hosted by Jay-Z and Beyonce

By TOBY HARNDEN





President Barack Obama attended a fundraiser at Jay-Z's 40/40 Club in Manhattan that featured a champagne tower of 350 bottles worth $105,000 - more than twice the median household income of an American family.

The tower of $300-a-bottle Armand de Brignac Brut Gold, known as 'Ace of Spades' because of its label, is a permanent fixture at the club.

'It’s floor-to-ceiling gold bottles in the entire space,' a 40/40 representative told the New York Post. 'It’s beautiful—breathtaking. It’s the first thing you see when you walk in.'

The median income for an American family was $51,413 in 2011.

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$105,000: The champagne tower at the Tower 40/40 Club that costs twice the average income of a US family

Some 100 people attended the $40,000-per-person event, which took place after Obama spoke to 200 donors at a $12,500-per-family reception at the Waldorf Astoria. The total campaign cash haul for the day was $6 million.

At the 40/40 Club, the singer Beyonce introduced Obama and said that she and her husband Jay-Z 'believe in his vision'.

Obama said: 'Let me just begin by saying to Jay and Bey, thank you so much for your friendship. We are so grateful. Michelle and Malia and Sasha are mad at me because they are not here.

'That doesn’t usually happen. Usually they’re like, we’re glad you’re going–we don’t need to go. But every time they get a chance to see these two they are thrilled, partly because they are just both so generous, particularly to my kids. And Malia and Sasha just love both of them.'


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Classy: Obama told the guests, including Solange Knowles, seen arriving for the event (right), that he couldn't think of a better role model for his girls than Beyonce, because of her 'poise' (pictured with Jay Z last month)

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40/40 Club: Obama also compared himself to Jay-Z at the event, saying he knows'what my life is like. We both have daughters, and our wives are more popular than we are.'

Obama stated that Beyonce “couldn’t be a better role model for our daughters because she carries herself with such class and poise'.

He then compared himself to Jay-Z. 'Jay-Z now knows what my life is like. We both have daughters, and our wives are more popular than we are. So we’ve got a little bond there. It’s hard, but it’s okay.'

Like him, Beyonce and Jay-Z came from humble backgrounds, he said. 'And the good thing about so many of us here–and I know, I speak for Jay and Bey–is we remember what it’s like not having anything, and we know people who were just as talented as us that didn’t get the same break, the same chance.



    'We remember some of our parents or grandparents who came here as immigrants and got a little bit of help along the way to go to that school or be able to start that first business.'

    Armand de Brignac first gained widespread attention in the video for Jay-Z's song 'Show Me What You Got' in 2006. It showed Jay-Z being presented with the distinctive gold bottle in a silver briefcase.


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    Celebrity circles: The President also appeared on Letterman last night where he said he stands up for 'ALL America' following the 47% furor over Romney's secret tapes

    David Beckham and George Clooney, a prominent Obama supporter, are among those said to enjoy Armand de Brignac.

    The name Armand de Brignac is taken from the hero of a 1950s romantic novel. It is produced in the village of Chigny Les Roses in Champagne-Ardennes.

    Both Obama and his opponent Mitt Romney are frantically holding fundraisers even in the final stretch of the campaign to raise to avoid being swamped by attacks ads.

    And it was at a $50,000-a-head May fundraiser in Boca Raton, Florida, some months ago that Romney made his controversial comments about his job being to not worry about the 47 per cent of Americans who do not pay income tax.

    Obama accused Mitt Romney of 'writing off big chunks of the country' and rebuked his rival's claims that nearly half of all Americans believe they are 'victims' entitled to sponge off the government.

    On the Late Show with David Letterman, Obama added that anyone seeking the presidency ought to be for 'everyone, not just for some' and talked about the hard work of single mothers and auto workers.




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    • Joe 2012/09/19 22:16:45
      Obama Is A Failure.
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      What a totally worthless piece of dog $hit!! jms
    • Dandydon 2012/09/19 21:23:39
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      Is his last name Obama or Kardashian?
    • pamela 2012/09/19 20:46:52
      Obama Is A Failure.
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      What else can we expect from Obama. He does everything except for doing his job as POTUS. You know what I honestly don't care if he does it or not, right now. Why change. The election will be upon us in a little less than 2 months, and I for one will be voting for the change, for Romney and Ryan to step up to the plate and do what I hopefully feel they will do. Not everyone can be President of the United States and we found that out in the wrong way with Obama. Romney will be soooo much better, and I will be proud to call Romney, Mr. President.
    • Kaleokualoha 2012/09/19 19:26:34 (edited)
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      "But Obama Still Has No Time To Address The Middle East Uprising"?

      Untrue. Here is his statement on the DAY AFTER the deaths (September 12):

      [QUOTE]
      Remarks by the President on the Deaths of U.S. Embassy Staff in Libya
      Rose Garden

      10:43 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Every day, all across the world, American diplomats and civilians work tirelessly to advance the interests and values of our nation. Often, they are away from their families. Sometimes, they brave great danger.

      Yesterday, four of these extraordinary Americans were killed in an attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi. Among those killed was our Ambassador, Chris Stevens, as well as Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith. We are still notifying the families of the others who were killed. And today, the American people stand united in holding the families of the four Americans in our thoughts and in our prayers.

      The United States condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. We're working with the government of Libya to secure our diplomats. I've also directed my administration to increase our security at diplomatic posts around the world. And make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people.

      Since our founding...























      "But Obama Still Has No Time To Address The Middle East Uprising"?

      Untrue. Here is his statement on the DAY AFTER the deaths (September 12):

      [QUOTE]
      Remarks by the President on the Deaths of U.S. Embassy Staff in Libya
      Rose Garden

      10:43 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Every day, all across the world, American diplomats and civilians work tirelessly to advance the interests and values of our nation. Often, they are away from their families. Sometimes, they brave great danger.

      Yesterday, four of these extraordinary Americans were killed in an attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi. Among those killed was our Ambassador, Chris Stevens, as well as Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith. We are still notifying the families of the others who were killed. And today, the American people stand united in holding the families of the four Americans in our thoughts and in our prayers.

      The United States condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. We're working with the government of Libya to secure our diplomats. I've also directed my administration to increase our security at diplomatic posts around the world. And make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people.

      Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None. The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts.

      Already, many Libyans have joined us in doing so, and this attack will not break the bonds between the United States and Libya. Libyan security personnel fought back against the attackers alongside Americans. Libyans helped some of our diplomats find safety, and they carried Ambassador Stevens’s body to the hospital, where we tragically learned that he had died.

      It's especially tragic that Chris Stevens died in Benghazi because it is a city that he helped to save. At the height of the Libyan revolution, Chris led our diplomatic post in Benghazi. With characteristic skill, courage, and resolve, he built partnerships with Libyan revolutionaries, and helped them as they planned to build a new Libya. When the Qaddafi regime came to an end, Chris was there to serve as our ambassador to the new Libya, and he worked tirelessly to support this young democracy, and I think both Secretary Clinton and I relied deeply on his knowledge of the situation on the ground there. He was a role model to all who worked with him and to the young diplomats who aspire to walk in his footsteps.

      Along with his colleagues, Chris died in a country that is still striving to emerge from the recent experience of war. Today, the loss of these four Americans is fresh, but our memories of them linger on. I have no doubt that their legacy will live on through the work that they did far from our shores and in the hearts of those who love them back home.

      Of course, yesterday was already a painful day for our nation as we marked the solemn memory of the 9/11 attacks. We mourned with the families who were lost on that day. I visited the graves of troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan at the hallowed grounds of Arlington Cemetery, and had the opportunity to say thank you and visit some of our wounded warriors at Walter Reed. And then last night, we learned the news of this attack in Benghazi.

      As Americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because there are people who are willing to fight for it, to stand up for it, and in some cases, lay down their lives for it. Our country is only as strong as the character of our people and the service of those both civilian and military who represent us around the globe.

      No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.

      But we also know that the lives these Americans led stand in stark contrast to those of their attackers. These four Americans stood up for freedom and human dignity. They should give every American great pride in the country that they served, and the hope that our flag represents to people around the globe who also yearn to live in freedom and with dignity.

      We grieve with their families, but let us carry on their memory, and let us continue their work of seeking a stronger America and a better world for all of our children.

      Thank you. May God bless the memory of those we lost and may God bless the United States of America.

      END
      10:48 A.M. EDT
      [END QUOTE http://www.whitehouse.gov/the... ]

      "The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth." - William O. Douglas
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    • mal 2012/09/19 17:46:29
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      the rich and famous flakes.....
    • Ashley 2012/09/19 17:39:19
      So, Obama. When Are You Going To Start Being The president For Everyone?
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      Our president.. sure.

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